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Militarism and Hyperlegality: some common features in colonial and contemporary governance

Hobhouse Memorial public lecture

Professor Hussain defines ‘hyperlegality’ as a particular kind of legal administration that operates by sub-dividing and classifying people into legal categories, and by creating special commissions and tribunals that fracture the criminal justice system. Turning to Hannah Arendt’s ideas on race and bureaucracy, Professor Hussain will juxtapose two examples of such governance, drawn from 19th century colonial India and from contemporary anti-terrorism measures in the US and UK.

Nasser Hussain is assistant professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought and history at Amherst College.


Professor Nasser Hussain | talks
Chair: Professor Paul Gilroy | talks


Date and Time:

17 May 2007 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



New Theatre
East Building
Houghton Street

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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